What Causes Food to Become Contaminated?Food poisoning occurs when bacteria and viruses are passed on through food consumption. Food can be contaminated in many ways. Here is a look at common ways food can be contaminated before it’s ingested:
- Employees didn’t wash hands or follow proper safety procedures.
- The food has been stored incorrectly or improperly washed.
- Food can be shipped from suppliers already contaminated.
- Food preparation surfaces have not been cleaned properly.
- The prepared food was not heated to the right temperature.
- Pests, such as rats and insects, have gotten into the food storage area.
- Employees haven’t been trained properly.
- Employees who are already sick can pass on their illness by preparing and serving food.
When Can I File an Injury Claim for Food Poisoning?Many food poisoning personal injury claims have been won because serious injury can occur from contaminated food. The trick is proving that your illness was the result of another party’s negligence. The first step in a successful claim of food poisoning is to demonstrate that your foodborne disease came from a restaurant or food-serving business. This is not an easy thing to do. Even if you have a receipt from the restaurant, proving that the food you consumed there is what made you sick can be tough. Some of the challenges that arise when seeking damages for food poisoning include the following:
- What if you ate something else after eating at the restaurant?
- Maybe you have an allergy to that food, and it wasn’t that the food itself that was contaminated.
- Proving liability can be difficult. Maybe the restaurant was handling the food just fine, but the food was contaminated before it arrived at the restaurant. Tracing contamination back to the responsible party is challenging.
- If you were only sick for a day or two, your damages may not be great enough for your claim to be taken seriously.